Today Leo is 15 3/4 and although he’s very slow (serious time has to be budgeted for a walk around the block) and sleepy (of course dogs of all ages do a significant amount of napping), he’s in great shape for someone defying the longevity odds.
The major change is the frequency and tone of his bark. He used to be the strong, silent type. And now he’s noisy, and often, and sounds like he’s imitating a seal–which he’s always resembled when wet.
Happy birthday, dear Schmoo.
To honor Rialto Pictures, launched by film programmer extraordinaire Bruce Goldstein in 1997, the Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate with a series, “Rialto Pictures: 20 Films for 20 Years.” Opening night features a gorgeous 35mm print of a Fellini masterwork, “Nights of Cabiria,” and a presentation by Goldstein, preceding the screening, of Rialto trailers.
Goldstein, Film Forum’s well-respected Director of Repertory Programming, has had a long-held philosophy that classics should be freshly introduced to new audiences and shown in lustrous and pristine 35mm prints and new digital restorations. Rialto, “the gold standard of reissue distributors,” also gives its films fresh subtitles, improving on the titles from their original releases.
With partner Adrienne Halpern, Goldstein has reissued more than 70 films. Included in the MoMI program are “Breathless,” “La Notte,” “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” “The Battle of Algiers,” “The Third Man,” “Rififi,” and one of Rialto’s major rediscoveries, Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Army of Shadows.”
“Rialto Pictures: 20 Film for 20 Years” opens today at the Museum of the Moving Image and runs through Friday, December 29.